Paris by Prius – a drive with a difference

  Watch how ELN editor Sumit Bose got on driving around the streets of Paris in the latest version of the Prius. Toyota says the car is its most economical version yet and could make it possible for most city drivers to get around daily trips just using the electric motor. But did the Parisiennes […]

Charge cars for free on the motorway

Motorway service stations will soon be host to an “electric highway” with the opening of a network of electric car charging points. Welcome Break is installing electric vehicle (EV) points at its 27 service stations.Every post will be powered with 100% green energy made at Ecotricity’s wind and solar parks across the UK. Rod McKie, […]

EV charging points rolled out in Portugal

Portugal has mounted a pilot electric vehicle project that will see 1350 charging stations rolled out across the country. This includes 1,300 slow charging stations for electric vehicles and 50 fast charging stations. The move reveals Portugal’s confidence in the success of EV, as it boosts the country’s share in the technology: at the end […]

DHL wraps up wind energy logistics package

Global logistics company DHL is entering the renewable energy market with the transportation of wind turbines. With wind power booming in the UK, energy companies have to tackle the problem of getting over-sized parts to the UK and then to wind farm sites Now DHL is to utilise its fleet of road, rail, sea and […]

EC sets allowances to include aviation in ETS

The European Commission has today laid the foundations for aviation to be fully included in the EU’s emissions trading system from January 1 next year. Using historical aircraft emissions, the EC has worked out the number of allowances that will be available from 2012. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: ‘”Emissions from aviation […]

Rolls Royce unveils first electric car

Rolls Royce today unveiled its first electric car at the Geneva Motor Show. The 102EX is heavily inspired by the Rolls Royce Phantom, and Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls Royce chief executive, said: “With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars […]

University hails electric vehicle breakthrough

A North East engineering business has launched a new way of extending the range of electric cars and cutting carbon emissions from existing vehicles. The technology has been developed by Inova Power in conjunction with the University of Sunderland. Inova claims that the innovation will significantly enhance the distance capabilities of electric vehicles, in turn […]

easyJet puts coating on planes to cut carbon emissions

easyJet has become the first commercial airline to trial a revolutionary nano-technology coating on its aircraft aimed at increasing fuel efficiency. The ultra-thin coating, already used on US military aircraft, is a polymer that cross links and bonds to the paint surface and only adds an estimated 4oz to the weight of the plane. The […]

£40m heavy duty vehicle energy project launched

The Energy Technologies Institute yesterday launched one of Europe’s largest heavy duty vehicle efficiency programmes. The £40m programme will look at increasing the efficiencies of shipping, heavy goods vehicles, construction and agricultural equipment by almost a third. Heavy duty vehicles currently contribute 8% of the UK’s overall CO2 emissions. The low carbon fuel options for […]

Porsche founder heads UK hydrogen car maker

A founder of the Porsche company and former boss of Volkswagen has been appointed chairman of a UK company developing hydrogen fuel cell cars. Sebastian Piech takes over at Riversimple from John Constable, who died last month after a short illness. Riversimple hopes to have60 cars involved in trials in two regions of the UK […]